FRANKFORT — All Kentucky courts will be closed Tuesday, the second of three scheduled furlough days for the cash-strapped court system.
The courts also will be closed Monday for Labor Day. The court system implemented a three-day furlough to help offset a $25.2 million cut in this year's operating budget. That cut was on top of several years of budget reductions.
In the past few years, the courts have eliminated 282 jobs and some programs.
Other offices in courthouses — including county magistrates' or sheriffs' departments — will be open Tuesday.
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All non-elected court employees will go without pay Tuesday. This is the first time since the modern court system was enacted in 1976 that it has closed to make up for budget cuts. The first furlough day was Aug. 6. The next one will be Oct. 15.
Things could get worse before they get better, the Administrative Office of the Courts warned in a news release earlier this week. Court officials will meet in January to determine whether more furloughs will be necessary for the remaining six months of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2013.
The operating budget for the courts was reduced further for the 2013-2014 budget year.